Because nectar is what pollinators are really after, this sweet-tasting container packed with blue, pink, and red cornflowers, Spanish lavender, blanket flower, and baby's breath provide a perfect banquet for bees.
A vibrant mix of salvias and verbenas are sure to lure hummingbirds. Here, Salvia 'Mystic Spires', red and purple verbena (Verbena canadensis), and coral and raspberry autumn sage (Salvia greggii) add a pop of inviting color to the landscape.
Butterfly favorites such as delphinium, 'Queen Victoria' salvia, red verbena, and coreopsis provide food and respite for fluttering wings. In general, butterflies favor brightly colored flowers in red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, and blue. They prefer flowers with "landing pads," such as coreopsis, where they can perch while they eat.
Host with the Most
You can help boost butterfly populations by planting "host" plants to provide food for caterpillars. Herbs like parsley and dill are magnets for many species of egg-laying females. Here, this repurposed galvanized washtub with drainage holes contains (from right to left) flat-leaf parsley, verbena, white coneflower, hibiscus, sedum, curly parsley, and rudbeckia.